By Garrett Radke
February 21, 2013
I am an official National Park Service Photographer. A big part of my job is to capture moments of people appreciating our national parks. I am the photographer and the NPS owns the copyright to this picture. It has been made public domain and thus I have the right to give you permission to use it. This image captures a young reenactor as he waves farewell after the 149th anniversary of the dedication of the National Cemetery at Gettysburg.
The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, providing a Union victory in the summer of 1863 that ended General Robert E. Lee's second and most ambitious invasion of the North. Often referred to as the "High Water Mark of the Confederacy", it was the war's bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties. It also provided President Abraham Lincoln with the setting for his most famous address.